HERR LOUNGE CORPS & AKI CEDERBERG - Nimikirjaimet BB (Initials BB)
Herr Lounge Corps and Aki Cederberg pay timely tribute to the French Maiden embodied as Brigitte Bardot in their version of the perennial 1968 classic by Serge Gainsbourg, Initials BB.
Miro Snejdr & Aki Cederberg 2017.
Lyrics translated into Finnish by Aki Cedeberg.
Vocals by Cederbarre, recorded by B.B. in Lille, France 2015.
Musical arrangement by Miro Snejdr 2017.
ANIMA ARCTICA, AUER-007 / 500x CD / October 2010 (Sold out)
”And all of this said the same thing, all of it expressed what was in the musician's soul: longing, a most intimate atonement with the world and a violent wrenching loose, a burning hearkening to one's own dark soul, an intoxicating surrender and a deep yearning for the fountain of wonder and beauty.”
1. Sydänmaa 2. Tuhkankantajat 3. Laulujen jumala 4. Tämän kaupungin yllä 5. Vanha tie 6. Näiden merkkien alla 7. Maailman ääri 8. Toive
MAA / Tuhkankantajat was officially formed on spring equinox 2009, although its foundations were established earlier. The center of the group consists of figures from divergent musical backgrounds and (sub)cultures: A.A.Cederberg (Halo Manash), J.J.A.Kettunen (Somnivore, Slave's Mask), M.I.Pöyhönen (Pyhä Kuolema) and R-M. Salo (Pimentola). They are in turn aided live and in the studio by their friends and collegues, including Fredrik Löf (Velvet Desperados) and Antti Hyvärinen, as well as John Murphy (Knifeladder, Shining Vril, Death In June, ad infinitum).
The debut album of MAA, Tuhkankantajat (English: "Bearers of Ash"), was recorded by Antti Haapapuro (Halo Manash, Aural Hypnox) in his analogue studio Katajan Kaiku, and released on CD by Anima Arctica. Tuhkankantajat is a synthesis of diverse musical styles and influences, ranging from lounge to post-industrial folk, from pop to ambient, and yet all the while creating a holistic work of singular vision and voice. The approach to sound on the album evokes a different time and place, one of lush warmth and presence, one that perhaps harkens back to some past decades, in contrast to the crass and bland trends of today's music industry. Recorded with analog reel-to-reel tape technology, and using a setup consisting of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, cellos, trumpets, pianos and Fender Rhodes, the result is a rich sonic palette to immerse oneself in, a tapestry of sound to soothe one's soul. Sung in their mother-language of Finnish, the tracks on Tuhkankantajat are spiritsongs for a soulless age, as they express and ruminate on the core aspects of Man and Life: joy and sorrow, victory and surrender, love found and lost, and the eternal longing for the soul's true homeland.
The group MAA is now defunct. For copies of the album, contact: cederbergaki (at) gmail (dot) com
HALO MANASH - TAIWASKIVI (CD)
As winter hibernation and spring awakening gives way to summer, Halo Manash rises radiant into luminosity, with wings spread into all worlds, and brings forth Taiwaskivi, an opulent work of solar ambience and primordial Ur-music.
Taiwaskivi, a work of sonic flame and aural ash, consists of seven interrelated tracks, utilizing such diverse instrumentation as organ, horns, vocals, drums, gongs, percussions and various string instruments as well as field-recordings captured during the pilgrimage that the creation of the work embodies.
An air of finality abounds, as Taiwaskivi, although a complete work in itself, can also be viewed as the third and final facet of a tripartite series of works that are part of one holistic creation – a treelogy, with seed, root, trunk and finally, branches. Being the culmination of an ascending journey through the aforementioned realms within and without, Taiwaskivi is the celestial crown at the peak, reaching toward Sol, source and beyond; it is the leaves and fruit of the branches and their skybound nectar ever-flowing - the sacred fire, the consummation and conjunction of All.
Comes in a hand finished cardboard booklet. Available from Aural Hypnox.
HALO MANASH - AM KHA ASTRIE (CD)
As the apex of Spring heralds awakenings, Halo Manash emerges from Winter and hibernation ~ Treefaced. Horns spiral skyward and antlers ascend. A tripartite trunk arises – a pillar that splits all worlds.
Am Kha Astrie, a work of heliotropic, elemental ambient, is an opening, an awakening, a summoning, a crossing of thresholds. After their previous oneiric and minimal album, Am Kha Astrie sees Halo Manash re-integrate a more diverse instrumentation and a multiplicity of soundsources to create their work, which consists of seven interrelated tracks. Am Kha Astrie is a complete work in itself, but can also be viewed as the second facet of a tripartite series of works that are part of one holistic creation.
Archaic elemental drums, bones and spiraling animal horns merge with various metal percussions, chimes, wind-instruments, voices and a multitude of other instruments to create a deep, earthly and yet celestially-bound opus. Am Kha Astrie is a massive and sometimes ominous work, a primal experience of coming-into-being, with all the terror, ecstasy and divine awe that it implies.
Comes in a hand finished cardboard booklet, in an edition of 1000 copies. Available from Aural Hypnox.
HALO MANASH - LANGUAGE OF RED GOATS (CD)
Guided by nether nectars and dream herbs, oneiric visions and the light of lunar tides, Halo Manash Language of Red Goats aims to be a cartography of cavernous elemental realms and regions, sources and springs that run deep and thick with the fluids of life, death and dream. What was seeded at the Thin Veils has been gathered at Harvest time, and is offered to the seeker as a libation and guide into the ever-liminal, shrouded spaces, for dream-vigils and awakenings.
Language of Red Goats is a complete work in itself, but can also be viewed as the first facet of a tripartite series of works that are part of one holistic creation – three faces of the same being. More akin to a primitive fieldrecording in the realm of oneirotropic exploration, than an actual album, the work consists of one lengthy tripartite soundscape. Utilizing only gongs, bells, metal bowls and wind instruments, as well as flocks of birds, the work is in contrast to earlier more refined works that feature a wide multiplicity of instruments and soundsources. Language of Red Goats is a bare, primitive and sometimes raw aural landscape, and yet nonetheless achieves a rare subliminal intensity and an edge of otherwordly luminosity.
Comes in a hand finished cardboard booklet, in an edition of 920 copies. Available from Aural Hypnox.
HALO MANASH - 'R.A.S.H.N.K.A-RA' (LP + DVD + A2 POSTER)
HALO MANASH, redrobed and clothed in ash, has a completed a helical cycle, r.A.S.H.n.k.a-RA. Archaic sounds and visions from the heights and depths, elemental ambience and primal thundering. Various instruments such as horns, kanglings, bells, cymbals, drums, singing bowls, damaras, rattles, chimes, bones, selfmade instruments, vocals, voices, and the elemental sounds themselves give form to a work that is
sometimes serene, sometimes fierce and chaotic.
Everything is in pairs: thus r.A.S.H.n.k.a-RA itself consists of two distinct creations/destructions:
IN 4 ELEMENTS (DVD) was realized/received in 4 circulations of the sun and consists of 4 parts.
IN POLARDUAL (LP) is the dark twin, and was received /realized in 2 circulations of the sun, consisting of two parts.